I don’t get it.
Why in the world would a car company invest in developing a vehicle that parallel parks itself? I might be able to understand if the car was able to quickly and efficiently maneuver into an open space without any risk of hitting another car or the curb.
But check out this image provided by Ford, touting their new Active Parking Assist technology:
Okay, first of all, why do we need a computer to tell us that parking in the miniscule space between two already parked cars is not possible?
Their second point says, “The driver still shifts the transmission and operates the gas and brake pedals with clear prompts from the Active Park Assist system.”
Awesome. Now even our car’s computer can nag us about the way we park.
If you’re developing a self-parking system, wouldn’t it make sense to develop one that actually… oh, I don’t know… parks the car? If I want instructions on HOW to park, I’ll pay to install a drivers’ ed instructor and permanently adhere him to the passenger seat (which I’ll bet is still cheaper and significantly less annoying than adding Park Assist as an option).
Then there’s this little gem: “While the steering is done automatically, the driver remains responsible for safe parking.”
So this system doesn’t operate the transmission, the gas, or the brake, or guarantee safe parking.
But hey, it will tell you that your car won’t fit between two already parked cars. Nice engineering, Ford!
Do you think there’s any use for a program like Ford’s Active Parking Assist? Would you add it as an option to your next new car?